How To Take The Best Food Pic For Instagram
Showcasing your meals on Instagram isn't just a good way to get new followers, it's also a way to track what you're eating, show off the hard work of your favorite chefs or even share your own skills as a home cook. Whether you prefer to post recipes to drive traffic to a blog or just want your friends to feel jealous of the milkshake you're sipping, you need to take the best possible photos before posting them to IG. Use these tips to get amazing shots of your next meal at Curry Up Indian Grill.
Take Pictures Separately
While using the Instagram app may be the fastest way to capture a picture of a meal and get it on your feed, it's not the best idea when you're experimenting with different angles and filters to complement your shots.Take all the photos you want with your camera's built-in app, then choose the best ones and post them to IG. Taking some time to edit what you're posting makes a big difference, even if you wait until after you eat to go through the shots.
Avoid Busy Backgrounds
Those colorful placemats and unique art decoupage countertops may look awesome on their own, but they're too busy to serve as the backdrop for a food photo. Pick a neutral, non-patterned background like solid wood, a single color placemat, or even a separate plate if necessary.
Get Lighting Help from a Friend
Dining out with a family member or friend? If the restaurant is a little dark, you can use your companion's screen to act as a soft diffused light for brightening up shots of your food. Have them hold their phone above the food and try different angles to light it attractively. This is particularly useful for macro shots showing small details, and it can be used even when you're using your camera's flash as a fill light to prevent overexposure.
Arrange the Food
Most people want to preserve the chef's plating when documenting a meal, but sometimes you can turn a more humble serving into something that looks like a work of art just by channeling your inner food designer. Taking a photo of ingredients for a recipe or a recent grocery store haul? Try arranging everything by color, shape or size.
No one wants to make a scene grabbing their plate and rushing outdoors, but it's best to use natural light to complement handheld foods whenever possible. Even taking your photos closer to a window or skylight can make a big difference, so pay attention to where you're seated if you aim to post your meal on Instagram. Thinking like a photographer is the first step to great shots.
Ready to practice your skills at food photography? Drop by Curry Up Indian Grill and order your favorite dishes to snap away at. Make sure to tag us in your photos with our hashtag: #CurryUp!